1. What is your background and how did you come to teach technology at C.W. Baker High School?
I was actually a civil engineer for O’Brien & Gere for 10 years. While I was working there, my wife and I had three kids, twin boys and a daughter. We later had another son. I was traveling a lot with my job and wanted to be home more, so we investigated other career options. I asked around and spoke to some people who suggested being a math or science teacher. I decided to go to Le Moyne College to gain my masters in math education. When I was getting certified, I was told that I could also certify to teach technology. I interviewed for a teaching position as a technology teacher and was hired at Baldwinsville. I’ve been teaching in Baldwinsville for 20 years. This was a great path for me because I have tons of real-life experience that I can share with the students to enhance their learning.
2. How has the technology curriculum changed over the years?
It has changed a lot, but we still do traditional technology. I work with three other awesome teachers. Between the four of us, there are 25 different technology courses. Among them are engineering, computer programming, robotics, wood shop, auto shop and graphic design. The kids are getting some great experience!
3. You were recently elected to be on the West Genesee School District board. What are you looking forward to?
A lot of people have said to me that they don’t think I realize what I am getting myself into because of these unprecedented times, but that is why I want to be on the board. I am actually looking forward to improving and making the policies. We are going to be recovering from this pandemic for a while, and the school system will need support from things like the school budget to emotional support for parents and staff members.
4. What advice could you give special area teachers during this “different” time in education?
The best advice I could give, whether we are going through COVID or not, is to try and connect with the kids. This makes learning easier and more comfortable for them. It also makes it easier to work with them. Although, I do have to say that the kids are doing a phenomenal job at being appropriate, wearing masks and social distancing.